My original offering for this challenge has disappeared due to an internet connection that has a habit of acting out, quite badly at times. So, I shall proceed forth with a new offering in response to Jacqueline’s All New Writers’ Quote Challenge on Peace. The prompt for this challenge was the following:
For this week’s prompt, I choose this simple quote of peace below.
We all want peace in our lives, but how much peace do we contribute to others in our own little ways?
Be the peace that you seek – Fil Tribble
How shall I proceed with this second attempt? Again the choice is for the same quote from Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. Kubler-Ross’s words strike deep within the psyche and I searched for an appropriate image of serenity that would accompany the words. One was found that instilled a sense of peace.
The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of those depths.
I believe we must first engage with the chaos and uncertainties within ourselves if any kind of peace is to be achieved in the outer world. Honesty and insight are not always easy. That is a point to start from though. From such difficulties can we aim for a sense of compassion, kindness and joy. To be given to ourselves firstly, then the greater world. Easy enough to say but harder to carry out. Our resolve may be tested severely but we must persevere if balance is to be achieved.